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Events in 2013

Our 2013 incoming visit must now be found under our past events.

Visit from HELMSTEDT 2013

                                                           Helmstedt Exchange 2013.

38 guests from our twin town Helmstedt in northern Germany arrived early evening on Thursday 4th July 2013.

 Outside the Guild Hall at 10 o’clock on Friday morning the Town Crier, Stuart Cumming, announced their presence in Chard. He then introduced the Mayor Jenny Kenton in the Town Hall .The Mayor formally welcomed our guests at the Civic Reception, speaking both in German and English.Mayor formally welcomed our guests at the Civic Reception, speaking both in German and English

        the Town crier welcoming our guests 

 Mayor Jenny Kenton , Mace-Bearer  and Town Crier                                                                                   Town Crier Stuart Cumming welcomes People from Helmstedt

The Mace-bearer Mark Hambrey gave an interesting short history of the mace and mace-bearers etiquette, he even brought along spare white gloves so people could touch the mace.
A sumptuous feast of coffee and cakes had been hand made by our Mayor and looked wonderful on tiered cake stands. The room had also been decorated with our own Union Jacks and German flags.   


                                                                                                              The Civic Reception in the Town Hall  

Friday evening saw hosts and guests trying their hand at Skittles, the highest female scorer being a 12-year-old girl from Helmstedt!

 On Saturday two coaches left for a daytrip to St Fagans - an open-air country life museum near Cardiff. The sun shone for us and we all enjoyed a leisurely stroll looking at how life had been in the “olden days” and admiring the gardens. Some of our not so agile trippers benefitted from a ride in a motorised buggy.


 Over 90s and 'invalid" in buggy

                                                  Enjoying a rest at St Fagans  

Sunday was a free day to spend with host families. Some people went out for the day to places such as Linton and Linmouth, Pilsden Pen and Lyme Regis. Others stayed home and enjoyed a BBQ or watched the activities of Chard Festival. Whatever they did the sun continued to shine.


                                   Walk in Wayford Woods with guests                                                                                                         Up on Pilsden Pen  


                                                                                 Harald about to enjoy his BBQ

On Monday the coach took our visitors to Exeter where they explored the Cathedral, older parts of the town and of course did some shopping.

   Bus ride in Exeter 

 All too soon it was time for the farewell party on Monday evening .This year the talented Farey Family - Jonathon, Maria, Jemima Osterley, Polly and Lily, entertained us. Our German guests were overwhelmed by the quality and versatility of the singing. As it was so hot we only managed one barn dance then we had a jolly sing-along with Jonathon at the piano.



                                                           The Farey Family                                                                                                        Waiting for Fish and Chips


                               The Farewell party      

    Typically British fish and chips were provided by The Chipcart, these were freshly cooked on site and enjoyed by all. Of course puddings followed.



                                     Early Tuesday morning our German friends gathered at Crowshute to say their final goodbyes before returning home


                       Time to go Home                         


Cream Tea 2013

 The now annual cream tea was held again in Collette's garden on a perfect summer afternoon in August.Fresh home made scones topped with luscious clotted cream and jam were served and enjoyed in a leisurely fashion.Some folk shaded themselves beneath the gazebos and others took full advantage of the  beautiful sunshine.

The stalls and raffle were  as usual in evidence and the sum of £170 was put into the society bank account .




Cream tea 2012

Set up as a social event to keep everyone together.

The weather was kind, with the sun staying out all the afternoon so that everyone was able to relax and enjoy the scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream in Michael and Collette’s lovely garden.

Ken Courtney organised a draw and a table top sale appeared with cakes, home-made jams and chutneys together with another table displaying bric-a-brac. All of these were popular with the host of members who came and with the sale of the cream teas, £175 was added to the Society’s bank account.

The Chard Twin town of HELMSTEDT and the Taunton Twin Town of KONIGSLUTTER are only ten kilometres apart. It has been decided by the respective committees to investigate the possibility of joining forces to share the same coach when visiting Germany, which is takes place biannually by each of the societies.

This became highlighted when we found out that Taunton Twinning have arranged their visit just three weeks following our return from Germany.   As an initial approach a friendly skittles match was held at the Ash Inn between some committee members of the Taunton Friends of KONIGSLUTTER and our own Society.
The evening went well and a further contact will be made following our own trip to HELMSTEDT on 14th July 2012.


An enjoyable evening was had by all at the Chard Conservative Club where we met for a friendly social skittles match.   Everyone who wished to play had the chance of two opportunities to become the best on the night.   The alley is long and for those that were having their first effort at this West of England sport and pastime found that it was not as easy as it appeared from watching the regular players.   The Men’s winner was Adrian Cornelius who was presented with a bottle of wine, whilst the women’s prize resulted in a playoff between Maureen Cornelius and Collette Boyle who both had the same score.   Collette came out the winner and won a box of chocolates for her efforts. At eight-thirty we stopped for a very nice ploughman’s provided by the Club’s caterer Simon Jennings.   The skittles match was just an excuse for the Twinners to get together and catch up with the latest news.   This resulted in much chatter which carried on long after the event had finished.

A very successful evening was held at Chaffcombe Village Hall where thirty eight people tried to guess by touch what, familiar items were sewn into ninety cloth bags.

Half way through the evening everyone enjoyed an excellent Ploughman’s Supper of Ham Cheese and Salad and had the chance to compete with a written quiz of questions and photographs.

The successful winning table of four were rewarded with a bottle of wine each, whilst others were able to go home with prizes from the raffle.